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Russian PM strongly warns US against ramping up sanctions

Russia's prime minister sternly warned the United States on Friday against ramping up sanctions, saying that Moscow will retaliate with economic, political and unspecified "other" means......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 11th, 2018

Russia warns of reprisals if UK acts over spy attack

LONDON, United Kingdom --- Russia warned Britain on Tuesday to expect reprisals if it announces sanctions over the poisoning of a former double agent, as the US and other allies joined London in demanding answers on how a Soviet-designed nerve agent was used in the attack. British Prime Minister Theresa May says Russia was "highly likely" to be behind the attack, giving Moscow until midnight Tuesday to provide answers on the March 4 poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. In Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted "Russia is not guilty", saying it was ready to cooperate with Britain but complaining that its request for samples of the nerve...Keep on reading: Russia warns of reprisals if UK acts over spy attack.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Russia cancels meeting with US on improving relations amid updated sanctions – ABC News

The Russian deputy foreign minister has canceled his meeting with his American counterpart –- a long-planned summit to address more minor problems in the relationship –- because of the updated U.S. sanctions announced yesterday. Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon is traveling to London now, but he will not continue on to St. Petersburg Friday, as previously scheduled. The State Department officially announced his travel yesterday, seemingly caught off guard by Russia’s cancellation that dealt a serious blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to improve relations. In a strongly worded statement, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Rybakov said Russia was canceling the meeting because the U.S. ruined the circumstances by announcing updated sanctions yesterday and by not returning two Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York. &'8220;The new American jab will not go without reaction from our side, including practical reciprocal measures,&'8221; he warned. Rybakov went on to rail against America for the current state of poor relations between the two countries and declare that sanctions will never force Russia to &'8220;submit.&'8221; &'8220;In the U.S., of course, they can further soothe themselves with the illusions that they can 'pressure' Russia. Many previous 'waves' of American sanctions have not brought the result on which their initiators counted. Just as futile will be any new attempts to force the Russian side to 'submit,'&'8221; he said. But the State Department fired back, offering a strong defense of those sanctions, while clarifying that the announcement yesterday simply brought them up to date without adding anything new. The Treasury Department announced Tuesday that it was adding 38 pro-Russian individuals and entities to existing sanctions against Russia. &'8220;Let’s remember that these sanctions didn’t just come out of nowhere. Our targeted sanctions were imposed in response to Russia’s ongoing violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbor, Ukraine. If the Russians seek an end to these sanctions, they know very well the U.S. position,&'8221; said State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert in her own strongly worded statement. She added that the U.S. remains open to future discussions, but those sanctions will remain until Russia ends its occupation of Crimea and meets its obligations under the Ukrainian peace deal known as the Minsk agreement. President Trump and his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have been advocating for improving relations with Russia, arguing that the world's two greatest nuclear powers should not be at odds and that there are areas of common grounds, like fighting ISIS. The planned meeting between Shannon and Rybakov would have been the second, after a May meeting in New York. The two senior officials were tasked by their bosses, Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, to lead a working group to deal with &'8220;irritants&'8221; in the relationship -– including the Russian diplomatic compounds. The State Department confirmed earlier this month that returning those compounds would have been part of the discussions at Friday’s summit, despite bipartisan calls on Capitol Hill not to do so. Now, it seems, their return has become more uncertain. In addition to the current updated sanctions, the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill last week that would expand sanctions on Russia and prevent the administration from making changes to any Russian sanctions without Congressional approval. The White House hasn't said if the president would sign the bill, but the Republican House leadership has held it up, citing a procedural issue that will delay a vote for now. Tillerson had expressed reservation about the legislation when testifying on the Hill last week, saying he needed &'8220;the flexibility to turn the heat up when we need to, but also to ensure that we have the ability to maintain a constructive dialogue.&'8221; After Russia scrapped Friday's summit, any sort of dialogue is expected to become more difficult.( The Russian deputy foreign minister has canceled his meeting with his American counterpart –- a long-planned summit to address more minor problems in the relationship –- because of the updated U.S. sanctions announced yesterday. Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon is traveling to London now, but he will not continue on to St. Petersburg Friday, as previously scheduled. The State Department officially announced his travel yesterday, seemingly caught off guard by Russia’s cancellation that dealt a serious blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to improve relations. In a strongly worded statement, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Rybakov said Russia was canceling the meeting because the U.S. ruined the circumstances by announcing updated sanctions yesterday and by not returning two Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York. &'8220;The new American jab will not go without reaction from our side, including practical reciprocal measures,&'8221; he warned. Rybakov went on to rail against America for the current state of poor relations between the two countries and declare that sanctions will never force Russia to &'8220;submit.&'8221; &'8220;In the U.S., of course, they can further soothe themselves with the illusions that they can 'pressure' Russia. Many previous 'waves' of American sanctions have not brought the result on which their initiators counted. Just as futile will be any new attempts to force the Russian side to 'submit,'&'8221; he said. But the State Department fired back, offering a strong defense of those sanctions, while clarifying that the announcement yesterday simply brought them up to date without adding anything new. The Treasury Department announced Tuesday that it was adding 38 pro-Russian individuals and entities to existing sanctions against Russia. &'8220;Let’s [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2017

China summons US envoys over sanctions linked to Russia deal

BEIJING --- China summoned the American ambassador and the defense attache and recalled its navy commander from a US trip to deliver a strong protest against economic sanctions Washington lodged over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment. The Defense Ministry said the US had no right to interfere in Chinese military cooperation with Russia. "We demand that the US immediately correct the mistake and revoke the so-called sanctions, otherwise the U.S. must bear the consequences," the Defense Ministry said in a statement. The Foreign Ministry said that it had summoned Ambassador Terry Branstad. The Central Military Commission, which command...Keep on reading: China summons US envoys over sanctions linked to Russia deal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

China cancels military talks with US in protest at sanctions over Russia military equipment

China summoned the US ambassador in Beijing and postponed joint military talks in protest against a US decision to sanction a Chinese military agency and its director for buying Russian fighter jets and a surface-to-air missile system. Source link link: China cancels military talks with US in protest at sanctions over Russia military equipment.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

China summons U.S. ambassador over military sanctions

BEIJING, China – China summoned the US ambassador on Saturday, September 22, to lodge an official protest over sanctions imposed by the United States against a Chinese military organization for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles, state media said. The announcement came a day after China called on the United States ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

U.S. sanctions driving Russian billionaires into Putin’s arms

By Bloomberg The Trump administration is helping Vladimir Putin achieve a goal that’s eluded him for almost two decades—getting Russia’s billionaires to start repatriating some of their assets. Relatively muted sanctions imposed during the Obama era over the conflict in Ukraine have only widened in scope and severity since Trump took office last year. The unpredictability […] The post U.S. sanctions driving Russian billionaires into Putin’s arms appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

[OPINION] From Russia with love

Last July 18, Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist Manny Mogato wrote for Reuters  about the possibility of sanctions imposed by the United States on the Philippines as a result of the Duterte administration's plan to purchase rocket-propelled grenades from Russia. The concern was that the Russian purchase might involve the Philippines ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

PRO3 chief warns vs ADACs submitting flawed watchlist

FORT Magsaysay, Palayan City -- Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Amador V. Corpus has warned of possible sanctions that may be imposed against those anti-drug abuse councils (ADACs) found to have been submitting incomplete or “flawed” drug watchlist in relation to the implementation of the recalibrated Oplan Tokhang….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 26th, 2018

US warns Manila not to buy Russian military equipment

The United States on Thursday cautioned the Philippines against buying military equipment from Russia, saying it would not be helpful to their decades-long alliance. Affirming its commitment as Man.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

US warns Manila not to buy Russian military equipment

The United States on Thursday cautioned the Philippines against buying military equipment from Russia, saying it would not be helpful to their decades-long alliance. Affirming its commitment as Man Source link link: US warns Manila not to buy Russian military equipment.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

US blacklists Russian, Chinese companies for breaking North Korea embargo

The US Treasury announced sanctions on Russian and Chinese companies Wednesday for violating the economic embargo on North Korea as Washington seeks to maintain pressure on Pyongyang over its nucle.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

U.S. official warns PH vs buying Russian equipment

MANILA, Philippines – A high-ranking United States Defense official warned the Philippines against buying military equipment from Russia.  "I think they should think very carefully about that," said Randall Schriver, United States Department of Defense Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Schriver was asked in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Russia blasts unacceptable new U.S. sanctions

MOSCOW, Russia –  The Kremlin on Thursday branded as "unacceptable" new US sanctions against Russia over its alleged role in a nerve agent attack on a former spy, as the ruble and Russian stocks tumbled. The action by the US State Department is the latest salvo in a series of disputes between ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Russia blasts ‘unacceptable’ new US sanctions

MOSCOW -- The Kremlin on Thursday branded as "unacceptable" new US sanctions against Russia over its alleged role in a nerve agent attack on a former spy, as the ruble and Russian stocks tumbled. The action by the US State Department is the latest salvo in a series of disputes between the rival powers, and comes less than a month after US President Donald Trump met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The State Department said Wednesday the new sanctions were in response to "the use of a 'Novichok' nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal" -- who was a Russian double agent -- and his daughter Yulia on English soil in March. They are a...Keep on reading: Russia blasts ‘unacceptable’ new US sanctions.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Trump warns world against business with Iran as sanctions return

TEHRAN, Iran (UPDATED) –  US President Donald Trump warned the world against doing business with Iran on Tuesday, August 7, as he hailed the "most biting sanctions ever imposed," triggering a mix of anger, fear and defiance in Tehran. "The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. These are the most ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Trump warns world against business with Iran as sanctions return

TEHRAN: US President Donald Trump warned countries against doing business with Iran on Tuesday as he hailed the “most biting sanctions ever imposed,” triggering a mix of anger, fear and defiance in Tehran. “The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to [...] The post Trump warns world against business with Iran as sanctions return appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

U.S. slaps sanctions on Russian bank over North Korea dealings

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – The United States on Friday, August 3, slapped sanctions on a Russian bank for helping North Korea evade UN Security Council measures designed to curb Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. The US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said it also targeted an individual ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Turkey s Erdogan warns U.S. over sanctions threat

ANKARA, Turkey – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the US in comments published Sunday, July 29 that sanctions would not force Ankara to "step back" after Donald Trump threatened to punish Turkey if a United States pastor was not freed. "You cannot make Turkey take a step back with sanctions," Erdogan said in his ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 29th, 2018

Some countries buying Russian gear deserve sanctions waivers – Mattis

WASHINGTON, D.C.: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday (Saturday in Manila) spoke in support of waivers for sanctions being imposed against nations buying military gear from Russia. The move comes amid concerns that imposing sanctions, particularly in the case of India and other Asian allies, could threaten friendly relationships that the US has been [...] The post Some countries buying Russian gear deserve sanctions waivers – Mattis appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

Risk of US sanctions over Russia arms baffles Palace

Malacaang is baffled as to how the United States can impose sanctions on the Philippines if the country proceeds with the purchase of grenade launchers from a blacklisted Russian company.   Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that while the government would study the matter, he was curious as to how the United States could enforce sanctions on another sovereign state.   "Let me state the official position: We will study the matter," he said in a press briefing on Thursday.   Domestic legislation   "But as a professor of international law and constitutional law, I do not know how they can enforce a US domestic legislation on a sovereign s...Keep on reading: Risk of US sanctions over Russia arms baffles Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018